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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:39 pm

what i have heard anecdotally re: jamaica is its great... when you stay within the resorts...
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby Shyster on Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:49 pm

I’ve heard the same thing. Security in the resorts is fine. Outside, not so much.
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby viva la ben on Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:49 pm

Off the resort in Jamaica everyone wants to sell you everything under the sun: weed, cocaine, mushrooms, meth, phoney cuban cigars, carved wooden chotchkeys, hair braids, fruit, food, and even their picture. Most resorts have sanctioned excursions which are somewhat safe, but you also have jitney drivers/ guides willing to take you out off the resorts schedule.
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby mac5155 on Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:08 pm

Letang Is The Truth wrote:what i have heard anecdotally re: jamaica is its great... when you stay within the resorts...


You seem to be a resident travel buff. Ever been to any Sandals?
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:18 pm

ive actually never been to the caribbean. a buddy i work with went to sandals negril for their honeymoon. he said it was great. tremendous food, good beaches. i believe you have access to the other jamaica sandals resorts as well. i have another buddy who is going to one of the st lucia sandals this week for his honeymoon so i am curious to hear his report.

this is where i am saving for our honeymoon

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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby Tomas on Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:21 pm

mac5155 wrote:Also Jamaica. Is it safe to go here?


To put it plainly: If you go to all-inclusive, then you will most likely NOT be in Jamaica. Instead, you'll find yourself in the X*Y feet of a gated - very safe - compound with a distorted image of the country you will be visiting (everybody, I can't hear you: Ya Man!! :wink: ). We stayed in "Couples", which is a step above Sandals, but I think there is a very high chance that even Sandals will have a shuttle that will take you directly from the airport to the resort. And, if you are like 90+% people I stayed with in Couples, the same shuttle will take you the opposite way from the gated compound back to the airport. With possibly a few organized trips outside for "shopping" or "drinking" (Margaritaville... ).

Now, if you pay enough, there is a chance that inside you will have a very good time - premium liquors will be flowing without any restrictions, very good food (but also not much of a local cuisine), there will be activities left and right, and the staff will be super nice (more about the place we stayed here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=54042&p=1753370&hilit=tower+isle#p1753370 .
But beware - people we met on a guided tour were quite pissed off when we exchanged our experiences - their included various wristbands allowing them to eat at certain places, limits on drinks, extra charges for equipment/activities, no places for good snorkeling, etc...

Now, if you want to experience a little bit of outside:

The Blue Mountain tour I discussed in the above link - or any other guided tour would be very safe IMO.

My attitude toward traveling on your own in Jamaica would be: possible, but be definitely cautious. When alone, there are all those issues the previous posters already mentioned - weed, drugs, shady stuff in more places than one usually accepts. And the salespeople can really bug you. Now, it's mostly just a nuisance and NOT the reason you should avoid exploring. Definitely do, but be aware of your surroundings, and keep your wallet close. I definitely would NOT drive in Jamaica. We actually hired a private driver for a day trip to take us from the north (Ocho Rios) to the south (via Appleton Rum Estate, Y.S. Falls, and some crocodile safari), and it was a really good idea. First, the roads are terrible outside of the main Montego Bay to Ocho Rios to KIngston highway. Second, at two places we were stopped by some strange "workers" who were collecting "contributions for road repair." It was not *that* dangerous (yes, tiny bit scary), but it always resulted in a shouting match between them and our driver, and our driver storming off angrily ...

Ultimately - it's a very interesting country with some beautiful nature (Blue Mountains, Y.S. Falls...). But as I already posted above, for me Costa Rica >>>> Jamaica. Probably even more versatile nature, easy to get by with just English (similarly to Jamaica), but without all the hassles.
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:37 pm

The guy that drove our van from the airport in Montego Bay to Sandals Whitehouse stopped twice to buy/sell weed.
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby npv708 on Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:56 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:The guy that drove our van from the airport in Montego Bay to Sandals Whitehouse stopped twice to buy/sell weed.


Did you at least get a good deal on it?
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby npv708 on Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:05 pm

We did Hawaii for our honeymoon. The Big Island for 5 days and Maui for 5 days. It was awesome. On the Big Island we stayed in a resort, with breakfast included and it was amazing. We stayed in a private villa (which was massive, 4 bedroom, 3 bath) on Maui with a perfect view of the ocean. The Villas were about $275/night for a gold ocean view room, which gave stunning views of the ocean.

Here's the view:
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Our honeymoon cost about the same as our 200+ people wedding after it was all said and done, but its something I won't ever forget. It was absolutely awesome.
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby Tomas on Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:09 pm

npv708 wrote:We did Hawaii for our honeymoon. The Big Island for 5 days and Maui for 5 days. It was awesome. On the Big Island we stayed in a resort, with breakfast included and it was amazing. We stayed in a private villa (which was massive, 4 bedroom, 3 bath) on Maui with a perfect view of the ocean. The Villas were about $275/night for a gold ocean view room, which gave stunning views of the ocean.

Here's the view:
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Our honeymoon cost about the same as our 200+ people wedding after it was all said and done, but its something I won't ever forget. It was absolutely awesome.


That place looks great - what's the name? (Does it have a website?)
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:35 am

was looking at invitations last night. ugh
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby mac5155 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:33 am

This is a great idea I just found

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We'll be doing something similar, probably making our own.
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby shmenguin on Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:41 am

ehhhhhh...seems like you need to have some really funny people at your wedding for that to be interesting
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby eddysnake on Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:29 am

shafnutz05 wrote:The guy that drove our van from the airport in Montego Bay to Sandals Whitehouse stopped twice to buy/sell weed.


we rode in a van from Cancun down to Tulum and our guy tried to sell us cocaine.
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby meow on Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:33 am

eddysnake wrote:
shafnutz05 wrote:The guy that drove our van from the airport in Montego Bay to Sandals Whitehouse stopped twice to buy/sell weed.


we rode in a van from Cancun down to Tulum and our guy tried to sell us cocaine.

you didnt decline, did you? that's like the ultimate insult
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby mac5155 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:43 am

shmenguin wrote:ehhhhhh...seems like you need to have some really funny people at your wedding for that to be interesting


You've never met my friends and family then lol
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby eddysnake on Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:58 am

meow wrote:
eddysnake wrote:
shafnutz05 wrote:The guy that drove our van from the airport in Montego Bay to Sandals Whitehouse stopped twice to buy/sell weed.


we rode in a van from Cancun down to Tulum and our guy tried to sell us cocaine.

you didnt decline, did you? that's like the ultimate insult


of course we did, especially because there was very little english speaking around for the whole week. 2 years of spanish 1 can only take you so far... you ever quite knew what you were asking...
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby shmenguin on Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:00 pm

eddysnake wrote:
meow wrote:
eddysnake wrote:
shafnutz05 wrote:The guy that drove our van from the airport in Montego Bay to Sandals Whitehouse stopped twice to buy/sell weed.


we rode in a van from Cancun down to Tulum and our guy tried to sell us cocaine.

you didnt decline, did you? that's like the ultimate insult


of course we did, especially because there was very little english speaking around for the whole week. 2 years of spanish 1 can only take you so far... you ever quite knew what you were asking...


i'm pretty sure "cocaine" and "ice" sound really, really similar in spanish
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby mac5155 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:07 pm

Thinking of Sandals Royal Bahamian too for the honeymoon.

Now I just need to pay for everything. lol
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby columbia on Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:08 pm

mac5155 wrote:Thinking of Sandals Royal Bahamian too for the honeymoon.

Now I just need to pay for everything. lol


Have you thought about a yard sale? :pop:
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby mac5155 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:20 pm

haha funny

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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby KennyTheKangaroo on Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:23 pm

generally speaking, the first parts of the budget that should be cut when trying to save money are:

money spent on quads
money spent on beer
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby mac5155 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:39 pm

which is why those items were not added to the wedding budget. bazinga
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby eddysnake on Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:42 pm

shmenguin wrote:
eddysnake wrote:
meow wrote:
eddysnake wrote:
shafnutz05 wrote:The guy that drove our van from the airport in Montego Bay to Sandals Whitehouse stopped twice to buy/sell weed.


we rode in a van from Cancun down to Tulum and our guy tried to sell us cocaine.

you didnt decline, did you? that's like the ultimate insult


of course we did, especially because there was very little english speaking around for the whole week. 2 years of spanish 1 can only take you so far... you ever quite knew what you were asking...


i'm pretty sure "cocaine" and "ice" sound really, really similar in spanish


didn't look like ice...
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Re: Wedding Planning Thread

Postby KennyTheKangaroo on Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:46 pm

mac5155 wrote:which is why those items were not added to the wedding budget. bazinga


thought: you should host the first byob wedding
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